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Jan 23, 2013 5:00pm EST
and pass a bill to yet another fight over the debt ceiling. the most important aspect of this legislation is though boat and the house today that it surrenders the hostage republicans took in a decoupled for the full faith and credit of the united states because social security and medicare or anything else. this is a clean debt limit increase. we'll set the precedent for future debt ceiling extensions will have to have. by passing this bill, republican joint democrat to say we will not hold the full faith and credit of the united states hostage. we will pay the bills we have incurred. over the last two years, the bipartisan budget control act has been in love is in place of the congressional budget. so folks, please, every time you hear republicans talking about are not having passed a budget, understand it is not true. in fact, republicans voted on the budget control act. they hope this passÉ. it was a law. as senator murray announced today, this year the senate will return to regular order in the budget resolution to the senate floor. the house republicans had to add a gimmick or to t
CSPAN
Jan 22, 2013 12:00pm EST
borrowing limit as soon as mid-february. so president obama will request congress to raise the debt ceiling once again. this is the fifth time the president has -- president obama has requested the debt limit be raised to allow the federal government to borrow and spend more money. but what is the point of even having a debt limit if congress simply extends the treasury's borrowing capacity each time the limit is reached? while some may say that it's irresponsible not to raise the debt limit, our nation finds itself at a point of such indebtedness that it is equally as irresponsible to extend the debt ceiling without significant reductions in federal spending. i voted against an increase to the debt limit two years ago and intend to vote against another increase unless we substantially change the way that government does business by reducing federal spending. in addition to it being alleged that it's irresponsible not to raise the debt ceiling, sometimes it's suggested that it's not compassionate to not spend money. where is the compassion in spending money that we don't have that's being b
CSPAN
Jan 23, 2013 9:00am EST
really hit the limit. the president has asked for a very large increase in the debt ceiling, and some in the administration have called for no limit at all. others in the administration and in the house are calling for congress to give up its authority to set the debt limit, rather amazing, thus giving the executive branch unilateral authority to borrow. this is not a good idea. if the federal government does not collect enough revenue to pay for all of its spending obligations, it must borrow to make up the shortfall. everybody knows that. we are borrowing about now 42 cents of every dollar we are obligated to spend. now, this is clearly, i think everybody would agree on either side of the aisle and the public, this is an unsustainable situation which will only get worse if we do not begin meaningful discussions over our spending priorities, including, including entitlement spending to strengthen and preserve those programs for future generations. the national debt is growing. everybody has seen that chart. about $16.4 trillion. the total public debt outstanding at the end of the thi
CSPAN
Jan 24, 2013 9:00am EST
colleagues for any kind of long-term inquiries in the debt ceiling. so let's get the process moving. no more brinksmanship, no more last-minute deals. the american people have already had to wait four years, four years for a budget from senate democrats. they shouldn't have to wait nearly as long for us to confront a debt that threatens the economy, our jobs and the future of our nation. yesterday, i laid out the remedies of the -- the realities of the fiscal challenges we face as a country. we've delayed facing them long enough. let's put the politics aside and finally do the work we were sent here to do. mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from colorado. mr. udall: mr. president, i'd ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be lifted. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. udall: mr. president, i also ask unanimous consent i be recognized to speak for ten minutes as if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered.
CSPAN
Jan 24, 2013 12:00pm EST
that connecting debt ceiling votes and budget negotiations -- connecting debt ceiling votes and budget negotiations was something he said that -- quote -- "we had never done in our history until we did it last year." well, that statement is false. frankly, we shouldn't be talking about responsible spending reform every time we debate any measure in congress that involves spending money. we should seniorly do it when we're debating borrowing more money. the debt limit has been used at least 20 times in the past 60 years specifically tied to debating fiscal reform. for example, in 1954, congress passed a temporary increase specifically as a way to control future finances. in 1967, the house actually defeated a debt limit increase so that it could force president johnson to quit using some of the budget tricks that he had been using. in 1970, the debate over the debt limit included amendments to cut defense spend, impose a spending cap, and freeze congressional pay until congress passed a balanced budget. in 1983, congress actually defeated a debt limit increase bill. senator russell long
CSPAN
Jan 28, 2013 12:00pm EST
. that has to change. [applause] now, the house won't consider another debt ceiling increase unless the senate passes a budget. and we're not going to just keep raising the debt ceiling. we're going to make a down payment on debt reduction, and we're going to point the country in the right direction, we're going to cut spending. [applause] you know, there will be times p when conservatives disagree on the way forward. we've never marched in lockstep. that's not what we do. a healthy debate is a good and needed thing. we can deliberate in private without fighting in public. all we should ask of each other is that we give an honest account of our actions and their reasons for them. we should challenge the left, not each other. and if we take the prudent course, you know what? we'll be in really good company. our founders were men of prudence. take james madison. nowadays we call him the founder, the father of the constitution. but at the constitutional convention, he lost some key arguments. you know, he fought the plan to give each state the same number of seats in the senate. he tho
CSPAN
Jan 22, 2013 8:00am EST
limit, previous congresses and handle the and whether the president and raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval. live coverage begins at 9:30 eastern on c-span3. >> from the very start, organize militaries have always spent a lot of their time fighting and conventional, your regular warfare. you know what? those terms don't make a heck of a lot of sense. that is one of the big take aways i had from doing six years of reading and research for this book. the way we think about this subject is all messed up. we think that somehow conventional warfare is the norm, the way you modify is to have conventional armies plugging it out in the open but the reality is those of always been the exception. think about more modern world. what was the last conventional war? this is a hard question to answer because it was the russian invasion of georgia in 2008 which didn't last very long and yet all over the world today there are people dying in war whether it is afghanistan or molly or syria or condo or me and our or colombia. all these people are victims being ravaged by unconventional
CSPAN
Jan 22, 2013 5:00pm EST
of as irresponsible to not raise the debt ceiling. in my view, it is irresponsible to raise the debt ceiling in the absence of changing the way that we do business here, starting with the approval of the budget. thought to be compassionate to spend money. how can it be compassionate to spend money that is not yours? and for our country to have growth and economic opportunity, there is no question but what the debt and deficit is a drag on that opportunity. we have a responsibility as american citizens to right this wrong. >> i serve on the senate budget committee, and i can tell you, the most disappointing part of having served your the last two years is relatively new member, we have not done a budget for this country in the senate. it is incredibly disappointing. the senate democrats have not been willing to do the budget will we are over $16 trillion in debt. no the talk about the fact that the ipad has come into existence during the nearly four years that we have not had a budget. i happen to have a five year-old son. and so nearly most of his lifetime we have not had a budget for this c
CSPAN
Jan 23, 2013 12:00pm EST
-called debt ceiling debate, which i'm glad to see -- as we make some of the challenging choice, and i again want to compliment my friend, the senator from illinois, who has been as stalwart as anyone in this chamber stepping up and speaking truth about some of the choices and challenges we have to make, we are going to have to proceed at a level of spending that is less than what we've had in the past. but as we think about cutting back budgets, i think it is important to remember that behind many of these budgets, there are not just numbers, but there are incredible professionals who give their life's service to making a stronger, stronger nation. so with this tribute to jean and sandy, i commend these two great federal employees. i will, again, be down on a regular basis to celebrate federal employees throughout this congress, because too often many disparaged government in today's day and life sometimes disparage government service. but for jean vertifay, we might not have as safe a nation as we do today. with that, i yield the floor. mr. durbin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the
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